Cal League Baseball: Rancho Cucamonga Downs the Storm 5-4

Bannon Homers Again as Quakes Rally for Win & Rancho Remains just Three Games Out

By Andrew Chapman

Rancho Cucamonga, CA-The Quakes were on the positive side of four total lead changes Wednesday night, emerging as winners behind the home run swing of Rylan Bannon in a 5-4 victory over the Storm.

With the Quakes down 4-3, trailing for the second time, one swing in the bottom of the fifth proved the difference maker.

Jeren Kendall reached on a bunt-single and quickly moved to second with his team-leading 20th stolen base of the season. Bannon, the following batter, then pulled a two-run home run out to left field, giving the Quakes the outright 5-4 lead.

Out of the bullpen, left-hander Michael Boyle pitched out of an eighth-inning jam with two in scoring position and no one out. Boyle proceeded to strikeout the bottom third of the Storm in order, keeping the lead intact and working through the ninth in his first save of the year.

After the Storm touched for two runs against starting pitcher Dustin May to open the game, Rancho secured their first lead in the third inning.

Trailing 2-1, Bannon sparked a two-out rally with a double off the right-field wall and scored the tying run on an Omar Estevez double that followed. With Cristian Santana then up, Estevez crossed on a go-ahead single to lead 3-2.

Although May (2-3) allowed a pair of runs to score over his final two innings, Bannon’s home run gave Rancho’s starter the lead in the fifth and positioned him for his second win of the year.

On the mound for Lake Elsinore, starting pitcher Chris Paddack (3-1) allowed a season-high five runs to the Quakes and was charged with his first loss of the season.

Following the win, the Quakes have improved to 24-29 on the season and currently sit a game back of Lake Elsinore and Lancaster in the South division, three games behind Inland Empire.

The Quakes will look to take three-of-four over the Storm on Thursday with right-hander Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 3.11 ERA) getting his eleventh start of the season. Pedro Avilia (3-2, 3.68) is scheduled to oppose Gonsolin on the mound with first pitch from LoanMart Field at 7:05 PM.

Thursday is Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark thanks to our friends at the Kindred Corporation. Fans can enjoy $2 Pepsi products along with $3 domestic draft and $4 premium drafts along with win and margaritas. Tickets are available Online at or by calling (909) 481-5000.

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